September 13, 2023

Are You Ready for the 2024 Youth Gathering?

The ELCA Youth Gathering is back — and we’re going to New Orleans from July 16-20! (MYLE and tAble pre-events will be July 13-16) Priority registrations began Friday, September 15, 2023 at 12pm CST. (1pm EST) We encourage you to read through the registration materials on the ELCA Youth Gathering’s website: Here are the...

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February 7, 2023

SEPA Represents at The YMN Extravaganza

SEPA Synod was well represented at The Extravaganza, the annual gathering of children, youth and family ministry leaders from across the ELCA, which just wrapped up (Feb. 3-6) in Anaheim, Calif. The event was hosted by the ELCA’s Youth Ministry Network. Participants in Extravaganza 2023 gathered for one live experience in two expressions, on-site in...

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November 4, 2022

Preschool Teacher

October 3, 2022

Youth and Family Ministry Director

February 3, 2021

Tuscarora Lutheran Youth Virtual Retreat

SEPA YOUTH LOGO The Tuscarora Lutheran Youth Retreat planning committee is pleased to announce our first ever Virtual Retreat for youth in grades 6-12 and their leaders, on Saturday, April 10, starting at 10 am on Zoom. Registration fee is $20 per person. Deadline to register is March 7, 2021! Download a flyer for more information: 2021 Tuscaro...

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November 13, 2020

Tuscarora Youth Retreat 2021 Is On!

SEPA YOUTH LOGO APRIL 9 – 11, 2021 GRADES 6 – 12 Registration Fee: TBD Pending the state of the COVID-19 pandemic, the retreat will be either inperson or virtual. Date to determine in-person vs. virtual is February 1, 2021 Download a poster Check our website for up to date information

January 29, 2019

Box City Registration is Open

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER BY FEBRUARY 24TH We are excited to join with St. James Limerick for their 10th Annual Box City Event from March 23rd – 24th, 2019.  The purpose of this event is to raise awareness about homelessness in Montgomery County and to raise funds to Main St. Homeless Shelter in Pottstown.  During...

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July 6, 2016

Servants: “We Are All Related”

“Mitakuye Oyas’in” — We Are All Related.   Our SEPA Servants at the Rosebud Lakota Reservation are now at work. After an orientation to Native American culture and language, the crews spent Tuesday (July 5) doing demolition, landscape clean-up, and sorting thrift store donations at the Tree of Life warehouse. The day camp had 15...

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March 7, 2016

Youth Ignite Service at Helping Hands Day

Youth and adults from across our Synod will fan the flames of service to our neighbors on Helping Hands Day:  Saturday, April 16, 2016 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. This year’s theme is Ignite – hearkening back to the story of Pentecost and the Holy Spirit’s coming among us in power and fire. We’ll...

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November 30, 2015

Safety Policy For Synod Youth Events

July 1, 2015

Breaking: Child Protection Law Changes

According to the Center for Children’s Justice, Gov. Wolf today signed into law child protection reforms approved by the General Assembly this week. Highlights of HB 1276’s changes: Establishes Aug. 25, 2015 as the date by which new volunteers must have background checks Permanently waives fees for volunteers completing state background checks Extends to 60 months (vs...

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February 10, 2015

Churches Affected by Child Protection Laws

Pennsylvania recently passed new legislation regarding protection of children that affect all churches. Under state law clergy, paid staff and volunteers who work with children and youth in any capacity are now “mandated reporters” who must report suspected child abuse directly to authorities. The law also now requires all employees and volunteers who work with...

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May 14, 2014

Ignorance is Not Bliss

Social Media for Adults Who Care about Youth Summary of an Assembly 2014 Forum led by Molly Beck Dean, Assistant to the Bishop/Youth Ministry Specialist. Contact Molly by email to arrange a presentation in your area.   Factoid:  80% of internet-using teens say they are active with social media, engaging with it on a regular...

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May 8, 2013

Malaria Fundraising Exceeds Goal

Our Synod’s Malaria Campaign, led by our youth, has exceeded its goal for the 2012-13 school year by more than $20,000 – and the school year isn’t over yet. Bishop Claire Burkat introduced the Malaria Team’s report to the Assembly Saturday morning by pledging $1,500 over three years to the Synod’s malaria eradication fundraising. So...

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May 2, 2013

Youth Lend Helping Hands

More than 360 youth from SEPA and New Jersey Synods helped clean up beaches and homes affected by Hurricane Sandy on April 27. Get a glimpse of their work in a video published by Liberty Lutheran Services and a photo slideshow, after the jump.

July 15, 2012

35,000 Lutherans Make a Difference in New Orleans

“Citizens with the Saints” spreads literacy, beauty and inspiration. More than 35,000 youth and adults are heading for New Orleans for the “Citizens with the Saints” Youth Gathering. This event is the largest convention the city hosts, and the influx of Lutherans will boost the city’s population by 7% July 18-22. New Orleans welcomes the ELCA because they know we are there to make a difference. There will be 550 youth and adults representing SEPA congregations participating in the Gathering’s efforts to improve literacy, clean up the environment, and care for the New Orleans community.